Jon and John's fundraising page

John Goodwin
Jon Salmon

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[lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][i][span=background-color: #ffffff;][lt]span style="color: #ff0000;"[gt][b][lt]span style="text-decoration: underline;"[gt]UPDATE:[/span][/b] Heads Together asked if I would be up for running the UK's #1 Ultra Marathon Race to the Stones on Saturday 15th July. Obviously, I meant to say no but somehow ended up saying yes![span=color: #ff0000;] [/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][/i][span=color: #ff0000;]So for those of you that didn't get a chance to sponsor us for the London Marathon, any donations will be greatly appreciated and it is all for an amazing mental health cause - thanks, Jon x[/span][/p][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][span=font-weight: bold;]Thanks for coming to our page![/span][/p][p]We are [span=font-weight: bold;]Jon[/span] and [span=font-weight: bold;]John[/span], great friends of over 20 years that both share a passion for creating better awareness about mental health and break down stigmas that exist around it.[/p][p]Both Jon and John have lost incredibly important people to them through mental health related deaths, and want to make sure that anyone that is suffering, or knows someone that is suffering can find and know about a way to get help and talk about their struggles.[/p][p]We will now take on the challenge of running the London Marathon together with and for the fantastic charity Best Beginnings, in combination with the heads together campaign.  This charity is dedicated to ensuring that every kid gets the best possible start in life.  If parents are struggling with depressions or other mental health related issues, they are here to provide tools, expertise, resources to help people through it.[/p][p]A word on our stories, before we get to the part about fundraising and what we need from you![/p][p][span=font-weight: bold;]From Jon:[/span][/p][p]It is the second time that I have known someone to have taken their life due to depression. My Dad, when I was a teenager took his life and earlier this year the incredibly sad news of the passing of John's sister Michelle.[/p][p]I suffered from mental health problems in my early 20s, but I was very lucky to get the right help.  Why should it come down to luck?![/p][p]This is why the preventative work that Best Beginnings are doing to raise awareness, education and supporting families impacted by mental health problems is so important.[/p][p]Poignantly the London Marathon will be very close to the first anniversary of Michelle's death and a great way to remember this amazing person.[/p][p][span=font-weight: bold;]From John:[/span][/p][p]I lost my sister, Michelle, in May.  May 3rd.  My birthday.  She took her life somewhat out of the blue.  She had been struggling with some depression for about six months (maybe longer but the signs had started to show in those six months).  She had just recently had her second child pretty quickly after her first.  She was having a full house renovation and about to get married in May.  [/p][p]We just assumed she would get better.  That there were just too many things going on, we thought.   After the wedding, it would be fine.   We never made the wedding.  [/p][p]We didn't understand it.  We didn't talk about it. We just thought it would get better.   She went to see a couple of doctors, and they didn't really understand either.  Just referred her or gave some drugs.[/p][p]I try not to waste too much of my life looking back.  The lessons are simple.  It was a big deal.  We should have got help.  We should have all talked to people and found support for her and for us.   [/p][p]We can't change the past.  We can influence the future.  If I can help one other person, one new mother who is struggling to come to terms with things, I won't get my sister back, but maybe I let one other person keep their sister.[/p][p]Running is where I go to be alone and reflect on the good times, to tell her what I'm up to, what her children are doing, what her niece and nephew are developing into.   Now I can combine running with helping others.   The longer I run, the more fun memories I have time to enjoy and hopefully the more money I can raise.  [/p][p][span=font-weight: bold;]A message from our friends Steve and Suzanne[/span][/p][p]Our great friends Steve and Suzanne are also running marathons this year and wanted also to help Best Beginnings and share a few words to with you as well:[/p][p]We will never forget the day when John, told us about his sister Michelle.  It is one of those moments in life when it was difficult to understand or process what has happened. We grew up with Michelle; she was a wonderful, caring and outgoing person – it sounds like a cliché, but she truly was the life and soul of any party. Mental health issues affect more people than we realise.  Who knows who is suffering; it could be a colleague sitting next to you in the office, a friend, or a family member.[/p][p]It is so important to break down the barriers and get people talking. So if we can raise awareness or money to help Best Beginning give people like Michelle or Jon’s dad support, then that is great![/p][p][span=font-weight: bold;]WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU!![/span][/p][p]We are very proud to be running for Best Beginnings, and hopefully, we can raise a load of money to allow them to continue their invaluable work.   Every penny (or cent for our Eurozone and US friends!) you give will help to make sure people with a mental health problem have somewhere to turn.   If you know us, we are not your typical marathon runners, but our determination is strong.  Even a small donation would make a massive difference to Best Beginnings and also keep us motivated on this big challenge! [/p]

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Supporters


Jul 25, 2017

Grant Scheffer

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Jul 23, 2017

Remi Damiani

Amazing effort, well done guys!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Jul 15, 2017

Andy Antoniou

£10.00


Jul 13, 2017

Daniel

Will be thinking of how much fun you're having whilst making a shopping list. Best of luck.


Jul 7, 2017

Jane and Durand

Good luck! Hope the weather is kind to you! X

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Jul 6, 2017

Tim Gray

Well done Steve on your marathon!

£25.00

plus £6.25 Gift Aid


May 28, 2017

Lyn B

Inspiring

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


May 28, 2017

Shaz W

Well done!

£100.00

plus £25.00 Gift Aid


May 26, 2017

NeilW

John fantastic effort and fantastic blog.

£15.00

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May 22, 2017

Anonymous

John,your story touched my heart as many years ago I almost took my own life due to severe post natal depression. I was fortunate to get help from a wonderful GP but I could so easily have fallen through the cracks and left my son motherless. Well done x

£10.00

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